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Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema (center) first proposed to UNESCO in 2008 the awarding of a $3 million life-sciences prize, but objections to the central African strongman's involvement have prevented its adoption. (Associated Press)

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema (center) first proposed to UNESCO in 2008 the awarding of a $3 million life-sciences prize, but objections to the central African strongman's involvement have prevented its adoption. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.